Silverstone hosted not one but two races last year. It unfurled a massive win for Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, whose win on practically three wheels prompted the kind of celebrations one sees when an Olympian stuns a packed crowd.
Hamilton defied a fast charging Verstappen in the final laps as an ailing Mercedes jogged to reach the checkered flag giving it everything. The next race would see Silverstone unfurling the triumph of Max Verstappen, Hamilton’s great 2021 adversary.
A remarkable occasion producing yet another remarkable result. The oldest track in the history of Formula 1, the crown jewel of Grand Prix racing, seeing a true fighter rising to the top and that too, in the seventieth anniversary Grand Prix at the checkered venue.
What Silverstone truly missed last year!
But even in midst of this titanic duel between two of the best racers on the grid, there remained a problem. So what was it?
There weren’t any crowds allowed in at the track and how could that have been in the first place? In a pandemic-marred season, in front of stringent restrictions, it was best to observe Grand Prix racing from a comfortable distance. The best that could’ve happened given the situation.
But now, in stark contrast to what transpired the last year, it appears that the Silverstone-based British Grand Prix will observe a change in the proceedings.
So the question is, what’s going to change this time around come July, when Grand Prix racing returns to the land that has given the sport icons like Nigel Mansell, James Hunt, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss and Sir Lewis Hamilton himself?
Well, this year, the 2021 British Grand Prix will allow crowds to enter the Silverstone stands and make the contest a truly enjoyable racing fiesta. A complete change for the better even as the last year produced two sweltering battles between Mercedes and Red Bull.
At the Le Castellet based Circuit Paul Ricard, there were fans witnessing live proceedings at the French Grand Prix. And now, once again, we shall see audience at the famous historic track, one that has only bouquets- not brickbats- the iconic Silverstone.
Expectations, as always, will be high at the twisty and fast-paced track, which unfurled some amazing contests in the recent past. Remember the incident-marred 2018 British Grand Prix, which perhaps saw one of the greatest comeback drives from Lewis Hamilton, who recovered to a P2, having fallen way behind to the back of the grid after an opening lap incident which saw Kimi Raikkonen in the wrong.
A Silver lining in the sky for Silverstone!
So what lays ahead of us is the probability of seeing perhaps a crowd not less than 140,000 come July 18. And on this occasion, here’s what the President and CEO of Formula 1, Mr. Stefano Domenicali had to say, “It is fantastic news that Silverstone will be a full capacity event and it will be an incredible weekend with hundreds of thousands of fans being there to see our first ever Sprint event on the Saturday and the main event on Sunday.”
The famous Italian would further add, “I want to express my huge appreciation to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Secretaries of State, Oliver Dowden and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Silverstone’s Managing Director, Stuart Pringle for their tireless work to achieve this great outcome!”
That being told, drivers will be keen to battle at a track that’s both a test of physical strength and stamina. But the one man, in particular, who would be expected to rise to the top and put on a great show for one and all, will be the great Sir Lewis Hamilton himself, this being his home venue!